All posts by Parish Secretary

9 – 23 June 2024

Sunday 9 June – Sunday X
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention
Tuesday 11
12:15pm
Bridget Grehan – Bradley RIP
Wednesday 12
9:15am
Priest’s intention
1:15pm
Funeral Service
Mary Millington
Thursday 13 – St Anthony of Padua Bp, D
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Friday 14
12:15pm
Maria Farrington (A)
Saturday 15
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Sunday 16 – Sunday XI
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention
Monday 17
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Tuesday 18
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Wednesday 19
7:00pm
Priest’s intention
Thursday 20
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Friday 21
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Saturday 22 – SS John Fisher & Thomas More
9:15am
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Sunday 23 – Sunday XIII
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention

How can Satan cast out Satan?

Jesus’ family are concerned for him. He has left his home and his job to become a wandering rabbi and now he is surrounded by the poor, the sick and the outcasts. They are worried about his welfare and perhaps afraid that he is attracting the wrong kind of attention. Will his ministry get him into trouble with the authorities?

The scribes who have come down from Jerusalem to Galilee are worried for a different reason. They can’t deny that Jesus has power – he is healing the sick and casting out demons. But he challenges their teaching and their authority. The scribes conclude that Jesus must be working with Beelzebul, the prince of devils. Jesus points out that this is nonsense – how can Satan cast out Satan?

Jesus often challenges and disturbs us. His teaching can make us uncomfortable and so we look for reasons to reject its demands. Adam and Eve hid from God after they had eaten the forbidden fruit, and we are tempted to hide from God when we know we have sinned. Jesus asks us to put our trust in him and in the power of the Holy Spirit – even when he makes us uncomfortable. 

Centre for Catholic Studies

Centre for Catholic Studies Annual Mass of Thanksgiving: On Thursday 20th June at 5.30pm in St Cuthbert’s, Bishop Stephen Wright will preside at the CCS’s annual Mass of Thanksgiving. Canon Professor Simon Oliver, of the Department of Theology and Religion and Durham Cathedral, will preach. There is much for which to give thanks. After a major fundraising effort over the last few years, the University is in process of establishing a Trust that will ensure long-term financial stability for the CCS, as well as new Professorships in the History of Catholicism and in Franciscan Studies. In addition, after 20 years developing the CCS, the founding Director, Paul Murray, will step back from CCS leadership at the end of this academic year. Prof. Karen Kilby, who has been sharing CCS leadership this year, will then take on the role of CCS Director. All are most warmly welcome to join the staff, students, and friends of the CCS in giving thanks at this point and in praying for the Lord’s continued blessings on the life and work of the CCS. Immediately following the Mass, there will be a glass of something to share.

Distance Learning programme in Catholic Theology: The Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) at Durham University is offering a fully online Distance Learning programme in Catholic Theology. The programme is designed so that participants can work through material at their own pace, studying equally well in any time zone and in many different life situations, alongside work, ministry, family or caring obligations.  Participants can study for an MA, a Postgraduate Diploma, a Postgraduate Certificate, or opt to complete a single module: ‘Catholic Theology: A Preliminary Tour’. Full details can be found at Distance Learning – Durham University  The CCS is offering bursaries towards tuition fees for 2024-25 – CCS Bursary for Distance Learning 2024-25 – Durham University  The deadline for applications has recently been extended to 7 July 2024. Please contact Theresa Phillips, CCS Manager, if you have any questions about this opportunity – theresa.phillips@durham.ac.uk

Early Career and Postgraduate Conference: Catholic Theology and Catholic Studies (Day 1); Theology & Religious Studies, the global and the local (Day 2.) Monday 15-Tuesday 16 July. Details and registration on the CCS web page 

Significance Festival

All are welcome to the Emmaus Village for the Significance Festival on Saturday 29th June from 10.00am. The day will offer a fayre of stalls and activities, sessions for children and young people, guest speakers and live music. Mass celebrated by Bishop Stepen Wright will take place at 3.15pm, followed by a Barbecue and Ceilidh in the evening. Entry is free with charges for accommodation and camping (self-catered) on Friday and Saturday nights. BBQ tickets will cost £10. All proceeds and any donations will support Significance, the charity founded by Fr Dermott Donnelly. Please support this vital work. To book email Nicole at nsalkeld@ymt.org or Tel. 01207 592244.

Events at Minsteracres

On a journey with the Northern Saints – Led by the Minsteracres team. Monday 10th June from 6:30pm to Friday 14 June at 2pm, cost £420. Spend a week at Minsteracres following in the footsteps of the Northern Saints such as Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hilda and Bede. Find out about their spirituality and motivation, early Celtic spirituality and visit the iconic places where they lived out their faith.

Walking Retreat – Led by the Minsteracres team. Wednesday 26th June from 10am to 4pm, cost £15. Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing the beauty of creation. You will need suitable footwear, warm, waterproof clothing and a packed lunch. See the Minsteracres website for more details and how to book.      

This is my body; this is my blood

Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, when we celebrate the gift of the Body and Blood of Christ, given to us in the Eucharist. Today’s Gospel reading finds Jesus at the Last Supper with his disciples. Jesus knows that he is about to be arrested and crucified. This is his last meal and he chooses to eat with the twelve apostles, knowing that Judas will betray him and Peter will deny him. Jesus has arranged everything for the meal – the room, the food and the drink. When he comes to share the bread and wine with his friends, he tells them, ‘This is my body’ and ‘This is my blood.’ He is teaching the disciples that, every time they share the bread and wine of the Eucharist, he will be present with them.

On the Cross Jesus gave his life, to the very last drop of blood, to save us from our sins. When we celebrate Mass, we remember and make present the sacrifice of Jesus. When we receive Holy Communion, our sins are forgiven and we are drawn into unity with Jesus and with one another. We are members of the Body of Christ.

Fr. Frans van der Hoff

Fr. Frans van der Hoff died in February. You can read his obituary on-line as it appeared in several newspapers. He was a co-founder of the Fairtrade movement. In 1988 he worked by helping coffee growers in Oaxca, Mexico to gain a fair price by selling directly to consumers via a certification mark. Working with other organisations the idea of ‘trade not aid’ spread and  in 1994 the Fairtrade label was officially adopted. His vision of a peaceful means of asserting the rights of small farmers has had a profound effect across the world. However, sales have fallen with the cost of living crisis and the farmers face increasing costs due to climate change.
Please support our Fairtrade stall and also buy Fairtrade products when you are shopping if you can. Fr Frans abiding belief was that ‘A world with more solidarity is possible.’

Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Today on the Feast of the Holy Trinity we celebrate the mystery of one God in Three Persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the Gospel for today’s Mass, we hear Jesus’ final words to his disciples, after rising from the dead and before he ascends to God the Father. The disciples fall down in worship before Jesus, though some hesitate. After all that they have heard and seen, it is still hard for them to take it in and to believe that he has truly risen from the dead. Jesus commands them to go out and make disciples of all nations. The Good News is for everyone – no one is excluded from God’s Church. We become members of the Church by being baptised ‘in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ We are baptised into the mystery of the Holy Trinity; by our baptism we are invited to share in the love of Father, Son and Spirit that is the driving force of the whole universe. We will never understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity in this life. The Lord calls us to trust him, to believe in him and, as members of his Church, to live in the mystery of love that he has revealed to us.